Google’s ‘Tone’ Chrome extension lets you share URLs with nearby computers using only sound

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Woah! High-tech communication with old school hardware!
#Google #Tone

This Is Google’s Plan to Save YouTube

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

#Youtube – Google moves forward

TIME

Nearly ten years after purchasing it for $1.65 billion, Google has a plan to make YouTube way better than ever before.

In order to compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace of digital video content — from upstart live streamers like Meerkat and Periscope to growing streaming service Netflix to newly digital HBO — YouTube has to differentiate itself. To do that, Google is tapping into the Google Brain service, which may someday be more complex than the human brain. For now, though, it’s going to help wayward web wanderers find the best new videos to watch on YouTube, Fast Companyreports.

Google Brain will collect huge amounts of data about how many people watch videos, how long they watch them, and other points of interest to spit out which videos a user should watch.

There are other avenues by which Google is pushing YouTube as well: advertisements for content…

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Google Inc’s new Asus Chromebit can turn any television into a smart TV

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Complete spec of the ASUS Chromebit
#Chromebit #asus

Financial Post

Google Inc. has revealed another platform for its Chrome OS operating system – televisions.

Google and Asus’ Chromebit is an under US$100 HDMI-enabled device that plugs directly into your TV. The dongle is roughly the same size as a USB thumb drive and can turn any display with an HDMI port into a Chrome OS computer.

However, this concept isn’t exactly new since Intel also recently announced the Compute Stick, a US$150 HDMI dongle that provides the same functionality, but also gives users access to the full version of Windows 8.1. Other smaller manufacturers have also been releasing HDMI-based mini computers for approximately a year.

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The Chromebit is designed to be ultra-portable and the HDMI plug part of the device can be rotated, allowing it to be popped into almost any HDMI socket without the need for an extension cable. It also comes equipped with an impressive array of features: Rockchip…

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Waze for iPhone just got a brilliant new feature Google Maps can’t touch

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

#Waze add something Google Maps can’t
#GoogleMaps

BGR

Waze is a fantastic free navigation app that uses crowd-sourced data to process and deliver real-time information about the path you’re driving. It packs a wide range of nifty features into a playful interface, and it has a social element that no other widely used navigation app can match. But since Google acquired Waze and started using some of its data in its class-leading Google Maps app, the draw for Waze has been much less compelling.

Until now.

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Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

#Facebook wants to avoid the #Youtube problem with data management

7 big changes coming to Facebook

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

#Facebook is releasing new features to its service at a rapid pace

WHNT.com

NEW YORK — Get ready for more big changes to Facebook.

The social media company announced several new products and features that will launch on its platform soon — all are designed to make it easier for you to communicate with people and businesses.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives debuted the slew of platform enhancements during F8, the company’s developer conference, on Wednesday.

Here’s what’s coming:

1. Spherical videos on your News Feed and Oculus VR headset (if you have one). Facebook will soon support videos shot with 360-degree camera technology (the same way Google Maps’ Street View photos are captured). These videos allow you to change the perspective you see by clicking and dragging on the screen.

Google-owned YouTube recently announced support for this format as well. As video content becomes the ubiquitous format for sharing, expect these two companies to launch even more features at a…

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Google’s two-year time limit on mobile R&D projects before they are killed, adopted or sold

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Google wants to rise competiveness againsn’t Facebook: wants to do better in area they dominate

#Google #Facebook

Twitter Publicly Launches Curator, Its Real-Time Search And Filtering Tool For Media Outlets

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A terrific tool to manage you data… but just for media organisations for now #twitter #curator

If Star Wars was a Classic 80s Anime…

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

I love the 80’s

Here's Some Awesome

It would look exactly like this! Really got me routing for the bad guys here.

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Exposing Private Facebook Photos with a Malicious App

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Just by putting numbers in the nav bar #facebook

Hackaday

[Laxman] is back again with another hack related to Facebook photos. This hack revolves around the Facebook mobile application’s “sync photos” function. This feature automatically uploads every photo taken on your mobile device to your Facebook account. These photos are automatically marked as private so that only the user can see them. The user would have to manually update the privacy settings on each photo later in order to make them available to friends or the public.

[Laxman] wanted to put these privacy restrictions to the test, so he started poking around the Facebook mobile application. He found that the Facebook app would make an HTTP GET request to a specific URL in order to retrieve the synced photos. This request was performed using a top-level access token. The Facebook server checked this token before sending down the private images. It sounds secure, but [Laxman] found a fatal flaw.

The Facebook server only…

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